Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- At least 50 pro-democracy dissidents have been arrested in Special Administrative Regions of China under the controversial National Security Law.
2 Hong Kong police officers, who asked not to be named, confirmed that "about 53 people" were arrested in the operation, which was carried out in violation of security law.
At least 48 pro-democracy people have been arrested for crimes against the state order, opposition parties said via their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Antony Blinken, the new Secretary of State of the United States of America (USA), called the Hong Kong administration's operation "an attack on those who courageously defend universal rights" and censured it.
"The Biden-Harris administration will stand with the people of Hong Kong and will stand against Beijing's pressure on democracy," Blinken said in a statement.
Those arrested include former MPs such as James To, Andrew Wan, Lam Cheuk Ting, or Claudia Mo, journalist Gwyneth Ho, 27-year-old district councilor Tiffany Yuen, and many pro-democracy young activists.